Scenes in Camp and Field, Sketches of the War in the Crimea

Scenes in Camp and Field, Sketches of the War in the Crimea

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...right to mention the exceptions, I need scarcely add that, as a general rule, the British line advanced most gallantly up that long slope, under a heavy fire from the batteries, supported by massive columns of infantry, who had all the advantage of ground in their favour. Twice did the brigade to which the--th belonged charge up to the very muzzles of the Russian guns, and twice were they driven back by overwhelming numbers. Their loss was very great. Captain Gurney fell severely wounded, in the very act of cheering on his men to the attack: more than once the colours had to be intrusted to fresh hands; and for a time the regimental colour was carried by the serjeantmajor, there being no officer near to replace those who had fallen. Colonel Seymour's horse was shot under him, but he continued to lead on his regiment on foot. Fearful were the gaps made in every part of that thin line, but the men closed their ranks, and contested every foot of ground. At length the Russian flanks began to be turned, and their resistance slackened. Fresh reinforcements pressed up the hill; the battery was carried; the Russian columns wavered and turned, and in a few moments the retreat was general. Had we been able to transport our cavalry to the Crimea, that retreat would soon have become a rout. The two next days were devoted to the painful task of burying the dead, and removing the wounded to the beach, where boats were waiting to carry them to the hospital-ships. Large pits were dug wherever the dead lay thickest, and hundreds were buried in the same grave, with such reverence as circumstances would permit. Not only had we our own killed to bury, but also those of the enemy, who lay around their batteries in still larger numbers. At length the sad work...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569660
  • 9781236569660